Is this report from The Washington Post bad news for Roy Moore?
Early signs in Mountain Brook, a traditionally Republican suburb of Birmingham, seemed promising for Jones: while turnout was heavy, Moore supporters were scarce.
Several voters said they were specifically voting against Moore, a former Alabama chief justice, who was twice removed from office. “He didn’t obey the laws of our country,” said Patty Crow, 44, an elementary school librarian. “The vote for Jones would have been difficult if he was running against another Republican.”
Others agreed. “This is the first time I’ve voted for a Democrat,” said Henry Waller, 24, who works in logistics for a granite company.
He said he was bothered by what he saw as Moore’s religious intolerance. “I’m a Christian and I think Moore represents the absolute worst way to put Christianity into politics.”
And some were even more blunt. “I’m not going to vote for the pedophile,” said Lee Pope, 51, a Birmingham attorney, who was casting a vote for Jones. The Washington Post
If these kinds of undercurrents continue then Jones may be stronger than anyone thought. It is these types of undercurrents that are hard to measure. Moreover, these undercurrents can impact an election if they are reflective of deep voter concerns.